61 General Expository Essay Topic Ideas to Practice Academic Writing

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Expository essays discuss topics by using facts rather than opinions, requiring students to evaluate and investigate while setting forth their arguments clearly and concisely. Teachers often include expository essays as part of assessments, especially in college-level courses, so students can help themselves succeed by practicing writing these types of essays. When teachers are integrating writing throughout the curriculum, students can use expository essays to demonstrate what they've learned in other courses.

Sample Expository Essay Topics From Students

Tenth-graders wrote the following general expository essay topics. Students can practice writing these topics or use the list to come up with topics of their own. The important thing to remember is that these expository essays are based on facts rather than the writer's beliefs or feelings.

  1. Explain why you admire a particular person.
  2. Explain why someone you know should be regarded as a leader.
  3. Explain why parents are sometimes strict.
  4. If you had to be an animal, which would you be and why?
  5. Explain why you especially enjoy a particular teacher.
  6. Explain why some cities have curfews for teens.
  7. Explain why some students are forced to leave school once they are sixteen.
  8. Explain how moving from place to place affects teens.
  9. Explain why getting a driver's license is an important event in the lives of many teenagers.
  10. Describe the major stressors in teens' lives.
  11. Explain why you like or don't like working in a team.
  12. Describe some nonmaterial things that make you happy.
  13. Explain why some teens commit suicide.
  14. Explain how music affects your life.
  15. Explain the impact of different music genres on society.
  16. Explain why students listen to a particular type of music.
  17. Explain why some teens skip school.
  18. Explain the likely consequences of skipping school.
  19. Describe the likely consequences of doing poorly in school.
  20. Explain why teens do drugs.
  21. Describe the likely consequences of selling drugs.
  22. Describe the likely consequences of taking drugs.
  23. Explain why teens smoke cigarettes.
  24. Explain the likely consequences of being kicked out of school.
  25. Explain the likely consequences of skipping classes.
  26. Explain the likely consequences of brothers and sisters constantly fighting.
  27. Explain why teens wear makeup.
  28. Explain the consequences of having alcohol on the school campus.
  29. Explain the likely consequences of being sexually active without using protection.
  30. Explain why some teens' parents do not like to be alone with their child's boyfriend or girlfriend.
  31. Explain the likely consequences of increasing the time between classes from five to 15 minutes.
  32. Explain why some teens join gangs.
  33. Explain the difficulties some teens have once they are in gangs.
  34. Explain how life for a teenager changes once she has a baby.
  35. Describe what you feel a boy should do if he finds out his girlfriend is pregnant.
  36. Explain why you should or should not laugh at embarrassing moments.
  37. Describe the effects of marijuana.
  38. Explain the likely consequences of teens becoming sexually active.
  39. Explain why it is helpful to organize your materials and activities.
  40. Explain why your schoolwork is important.
  41. Describe the ways you help out at home.
  42. Explain the likely consequences of abolishing capital punishment.
  43. Explain the consequences of adopting a pass/fail grading system.
  44. Explain the likely consequences of enforcing an 11:00 p.m. curfew.
  45. Explain the likely consequences of ending forced busing.
  46. Explain why some teenagers dislike saying the pledge to the flag.
  47. Explain why some schools don't have open lunch policies.
  48. Explain why most teenagers are materialistic.
  49. Explain why some teens get jobs.
  50. Explain the consequences of having a job while in high school.
  51. Explain the likely consequences of dropping out of school.
  52. Describe some productive ways students can spend their leisure time.
  53. Explain why dealing with their parents' divorce can be difficult for many teens.
  54. Explain why teens love their parents even when family situations are difficult.
  55. Describe the things that bring you the greatest happiness.
  56. Describe three things you would like to change the world and explain why you would change them.
  57. Explain why you prefer living in an apartment (or house).
  58. Describe the likely consequences of requiring a childbearing license.
  59. Describe three objects that symbolize our culture and explain why you selected them.
  60. Explain why you are interested in a particular career.
  61. Explain the likely consequences of requiring students to wear school uniforms.